Aug. 20, 2009
ST. GEORGE (CNB) - The public is invited to view plans to establish a new water production well in St. George as part of a environmental impact assessment (EIA) review.
This work is being undertaken in advance of construction planned for the Route 1 Gateway Project, which includes a section of new four-lane highway in the St. George area. This section will run through what is now a protected well field zone.
"With the Route 1 Gateway Project, our government is fulfilling the Charter for Change commitment to complete Route 1 as a four-lane highway," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "We are moving forward in a responsible and transparent way to protect the environment while we make Route 1 safer and more efficient."
Water for the Town of St. George is supplied in part by a production well near a two-lane section of Route 1 near the Magaguadavic River in St. George.
As part of the gateway project, 55 km of new four-lane highway is being constructed between Murray Road, near Waweig, and Lepreau, including twinning of the highway within the St. George Wellfield Protected Area.
Since alternative highway alignments are not feasible, the Department of Transportation is proposing to decommission the existing well and replace it with a new one near Lake Utopia.
To examine the feasibility of this proposal, a water exploration project at the new site is being commissioned on an existing exploratory well. This will determine if the new site is sustainable should the existing production well be decommissioned.
"This exploration project is about protecting the quality and safety of our water, something for which St. George is well known," said Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. "The economic stimulus and improved highway infrastructure planned as part of the Route 1 Gateway Project is exciting for the people of Charlotte County."
Project information and a downloadable comment sheet are available online. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 11. Comment sheets may be submitted in the following ways:
The Route 1 Gateway Project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick. Further information about the project is online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Frye, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-444-5838.